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PILI offers a weekly Educational Seminar Series that focuses on substantive legal topics, career development strategies and skill building relevant to public interest law. This weekly lunchtime series starts in early June and runs through the beginning of August. Starting in the spring, you can RSVP for these Seminars at the links below. Attendance counts towards your 300 hour requirement. We hope you will be able to join us!

  • For all law student interns: All law student interns are invited to attend our virtual summer Educational Seminars, even if you do not receive funding through PILI. Learn more and sign up for updates »

Check out a preview of PILI's 2022 Summer Educational Programming »

PILI also maintains an online archive of past seminars.

Please contact PILI Senior Managing Attorney Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128 with any questions or for more information about educational programming.

Upcoming events for PILI Interns

  • PILI Intern & Fellow Orientation

    • June 1st, 2022 - 9:30 am, at DePaul College of Law

    Each year, PILI hosts a full-day orientation for PILI Interns and Fellows to kick-off the summer. This program serves as an introduction to the Illinois legal aid community and some of the struggles your clients face as well as the impact you can have. We also focus on developing practical skills that will be useful this summer and throughout your career.

  • How to Be an Effective Advocate: A View from the Bench

    • June 8th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    A panel of judges will share their expectations and suggestions for new attorneys to be effective advocates, and will discuss the role attorneys play in addressing the access to justice gap.

  • Engaging with Your Community

    • June 14th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    Learn how to become more active in your community as well as important considerations when becoming more politically and socially active.

  • Annual Pro Bono Reception

    • June 15th, 2022 - 5:30 pm, at Ivy Room at Tree Studios

    PILI's Annual Pro Bono Reception celebrates the inspiring and life-changing pro bono work being done in Illinois through effective pro bono programs, innovative partnerships, and the unwavering dedication of individual attorneys and legal professionals. This event also supports the work of PILI's Pro Bono Program.

  • PILI Alumni, Interns and Fellows Volunteer Opportunity – The Sharehouse

    • June 21st, 2022 - 6:00 pm, at The Sharehouse

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to volunteer with PILI Alums as well as the summer class of Interns and Fellows.

  • What’s in a Name: Legal Name Changes in Illinois

    • June 22nd, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    Changing names and documents is a sometimes difficult task for transgender and non-binary individuals. Learn how to assist transgender and gender non-conforming people to file petitions to legally change their names.

  • Public Interest Law Career Path

    • June 30th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar features dedicated public interest law attorneys who will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law. Panelists will include attorneys who have experience in legal aid and government, and with judicial clerkships and post-graduate fellowships.

  • Join PILI at CVLS’ Race Judicata

    • June 30th, 2022 - 6:30 pm, at Arvey Field

    The PILI Alumni Network Leadership Council invites you to join PILI at Race Judicata®, a 5K Run/Walk benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services in their mission to ensure that the law works for everyone.

  • Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias

    • July 6th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

  • PILI Wellness Check-in

    • July 12th, 2022 - 12:00 pm, at DePaul College of Law

    Even under the best circumstances, legal aid and pro bono work can be incredibly stressful, challenging, and emotionally taxing, and may lead to secondary trauma. Join us for a fun, interactive, and accessible well-being check-in and education.

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